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Martin Štefanko takes the World eX title

The format of the primary world championship for digital electrical racing vehicles is exclusive: like in a soccer world cup and in different sports activities, the ultimate is decisive – and that is held on the longest and most troublesome racetrack on the earth, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

The superior driver within the first season of the trendsetting esports racing sequence was clearly Lasse Sørensen. The Danish professional racer received three of the primary 5 races of the primary World eX season and celebrated one other victory within the closing spherical on the Nürburgring dash circuit.

However with that, the likable Dane “solely” secured pole place for the all-decisive grand finale on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, for which all the first season’s race winners certified. Along with Sørensen and Štefanko, the record of drivers included Risto Kappet (R8G Esports), Phillippe Denes (BS+COMPETITION), Bruno Senna (Williams Esports), in addition to Luca Kita and Nicolas Hillebrand (each from Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS).

#7, Lasse Sørensen, TK9 E-SPEED (pro)

#7, Lasse Sørensen, TK9 E-SPEED (professional)

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Initially, the whole lot went in line with plan for Sørensen: from pole place, the Dane took the lead forward of Martin Štefanko, Risto Kappet and Luca Kita, who had been concerned in a fierce battle for third place. The photographs of the 1,000-hp all-electric eX ZERO on the Nordschleife made the followers at residence maintain their breath in entrance of their screens.

Sørensen was capable of prolong his lead forward of Štefanko to over a second on the primary lap. However within the final sector earlier than the Döttinger Höhe, the Williams Esports driver was capable of make up floor on the chief and at last made his transfer within the slipstream. Sørensen stayed inside hanging distance of Štefanko on the second lap, however on the finish of the Döttinger Höhe he was too far behind to make use of the slipstream for a counterattack.

Martin Štefanko crossed the end line because the beaming winner. The brand new world champion was not the one one to let his feelings run free with a loud cry of victory. Štefanko’s mom, one ground under, was so completely happy about her son’s title win that her cry of jubilation might even be heard on the livestream.

#7, Lasse Sørensen, TK9 E-SPEED (pro)

#7, Lasse Sørensen, TK9 E-SPEED (professional)

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“I’m overjoyed,” mentioned the brand new world champion. “Usually, I at all times doubt myself. However in the present day, I had a very good feeling and a whole lot of confidence from the start. The all-important closing was longer than the opposite races in World eX. That’s why I used to be capable of play to my strengths: low tire put on and good power administration – I couldn’t present that within the shorter races of this sequence. My huge thanks goes to Williams Esports for making it attainable for me to turn into an expert sim racer. Now we now have received our first world title. Unbelievable!”

Lasse Sørensen, essentially the most profitable driver of the 12 months with 4 wins, respectfully congratulated his rival on the title: “Martin was merely quicker on the Nordschleife in the present day. The format of World eX is exclusive. Truly, I shouldn’t be pleased with it in the present day, however it’s a part of the sport. It was a whole lot of enjoyable for me to be a part of this primary season and attempting one thing utterly completely different. I’ll discuss to Tom (Kristensen) to see if I might be again in 2022.”

Sørensen and Le Mans file winner Tom Kristensen’s TK9 E-SPEED group secured the world championship title within the groups’ classification, which was decided by the variety of wins and podium finishes. Sørensen took the title just about single-handedly along with his 4 wins this season. His two teammates, Lasse Bak and Andreas Jochimsen, completed a distant 24th and 27th.

Third place within the drivers’ championship went to Risto Kappet from Romain Grosjean’s R8G Esports group, who additionally completed third on the Nordschleife after a fierce struggle with Luca Kita from Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS.

Earlier than the grand finale, Alen Terzic (BS+COMPETITION) and Martin Štefanko had accomplished the rostrum behind Lasse Sørensen on the AvD eX Prix of Germany on the Nürburgring dash circuit. Terzic raced exhausting towards the eventual world champion Martin Štefanko in Ranges three, four and 5, however did not beat Lasse Sørensen within the 1-lap Tremendous Last and thus needed to watch the all-important race on the Nordschleife.

The RCCO World eX Championship is about extra than simply Esports Racing. With each race lap, the #RacingForTheClimate jackpot grew by 10 euros. In complete, the members collected  12,875 euros and the world champion decides on which local weather conservation undertaking will obtain the prize cash. Martin Štefanko and Williams Esports selected the Letcombe Brook Mission, a chalk stream that runs from Letcombe Regis to East Hanney, working by means of a part of the Williams manufacturing unit at Grove in Oxfordshire. There are solely 25 of those sorts of brooks in the entire world.

Congratulations to Martin (Štefanko), who drove an amazing race on the Nordschleife,” mentioned World-eX Co-Founder Mike Rockenfeller. “The ultimate was an absolute spotlight. Lasse Sørensen would even have deserved the title. The truth that Tom Kristensen has clinched a world championship title in his first season because the group principal of an Esports group is nice. It’s been a captivating first season of World eX and we’re already trying ahead to 2022. I hope that we’ll discover robust companions and that the primary producers will even depend on our platform. We’ve got realized quite a bit within the first season and can come again even stronger for our second season. Many due to everybody who made this primary profitable season attainable.”

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 2021 RCCO World eX Championship – AvD #GermaneXPrix Outcomes           

1st       #7 Lasse Sørensen (DK) TK9 E-SPEED (professional)2nd      #27 Alen Terzic (SLO) BS+COMPETITION (esports)third      #98 Martin Štefanko (CZ) Williams Esports (esports)4th      #eight Gordon Mutch (GB) R8G Esports (professional)fifth      #29 Liam de Waal (NL) Patrick Lengthy Esports (esports)sixth      #32 Dries Vanthoor (B) Esports Workforce WRT (professional)seventh      #10 Risto Kappet (EST) R8G Esports (esports)eighth      #33 Henry Drury (GB) Patrick Lengthy Esports (professional)ninth      #89 Beitske Visser (NL) BS+COMPETITION (professional)10th    #9 Lasse Bak (DK) TK9 E-SPEED (esports)11th     #20 Yifei Ye (CN) Absolute Racing (professional)12th     #31 Emily Jones (NZ) Esports Workforce WRT (esports)13th     #28 Thomas Schmid (CH) NIANCO esports (esports)14th     #11 Luca Kita (D) Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS (esports)15th     #62 Esteban Muth (B) Wild Card (esports)16th     #16 Bruno Senna (BR) Williams Esports (professional)17th     #99 Michi Hoyer (D) Absolute Racing (esports)18th    #51 Mike Rockenfeller (D) NIANCO esports (professional)19th     #61 Luca Munro (GB) Wild Card (esports)20th    #71 Nicolas Hillebrand (D) Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS (professional)

Quickest Lap: #98 Martin Štefanko (CZ) Williams Esports (esports) 1m 12.724s

The Finale – Nordschleife1st       #98 Martin Štefanko (CZ) Williams Esports (esports) 2 laps in 13m 38.935s2nd     #7 Lasse Sørensen (DK) TK9 E-SPEED (professional) + 1.501sthird      #10 Risto Kappet (EST) R8G Esports (esports) + 2.832s4th      #11 Luca Kita (D) Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS (esports) + 2.931sfifth      #16 Bruno Senna (BR) Williams Esports (professional) + 17.427ssixth      #89 Phillippe Denes (USA) BS+COMPETITION (professional) + 18.805sseventh      #71 Nicolas Hillebrand (D) Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS (professional) + 28.804s

Quickest Lap: #98 Martin Štefanko (CZ) Williams Esports (esports) 6m 49.112s

Last standings World eX drivers’ championship:1st       #98 Martin Štefanko (CZ) Williams Esports (esports) 1 win + P1 in finale2nd     #7 Lasse Sørensen (DK) TK9 E-SPEED (professional) four wins         third      #10 Risto Kappet (EST) R8G Esports (esports) 1 win4th      #89 Philippe Denes (USA) BS+COMPETITION (professional) 1 winfifth      #11 Luca Kita (D) Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS (esports) 1 winsixth      #16 Bruno Senna (BR) Williams Esports (professional) 1 win Last standings World eX groups’ championship:1st       TK9 E-SPEED four wins 1 x P2 1 x P32nd     Williams Esports 2 wins 1 x P2 three x P3third      Biela Racing Workforce EURONICS 2 wins 4th      BS+COMPETITION 1 win 2 x P2 1 x P3fifth      R8G Esports 1 win 1 x P2 three x P3sixth      Absolute Racing 2 x P2 seventh      Esports Workforce WRT 1 x P2eighth      NIANCO esports 1 x P2ninth      Patrick Lengthy Esports 1 x P3

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